Sunday, December 30, 2012

Macro Mondays = New or Old

It's freak'n cold outside...
if we had some frost or snow, I might be a 
little more eager to venture outside to take a photo!
This weeks theme "New or Old" was easy
because one of my most treasured objects is an old Kodak camera
that belonged to my mom, so my subject was easily chosen for this theme!
"The Bantam is a cute little camera. It is popular with collectors due to it's small size and overall cuteness. It has a strut supported front standard and a bellows. It takes 828 film and has a green (instead of red) window on the back for frame counting. It has a Kodak Anastigmat Special f4.5 48mm lens. There are shutter speeds of: T B 25 50 100 and 200 and the aperture goes from f4.5 to f16. The shutter must be cocked with the lever just above the lens before firing the shutter with the shutter release on the body."
"The camera has a flip-up folding viewfinder. The lens focuses from closer than 2.5 feet to infinity. There is a button on the back near the winder which you must press to wind the film. This is to prevent accidental winding."  These were in production from 1936-47. I priced one on eBay for as much as $80 but mine is priceless, after all it comes with a story of my mother chasing a black bear for a photo-op, during her honeymoon, while they were at Yellowstone National Park, Colorado!  Priceless!
(Didn't realize it was starting to corrode, see the turquoise flakes? 
I better clean her up!)
I shared a couple macros with my Macro groups.
One being a Flicker group, 
called "Macro Mondays" (here),
and then the other
 "Macro Monday" a Monday photo gallery
 (here) at Lisa's Chaos blog.
Macro photography has always fascinated me
and I'm still waiting for the words to explain why...
just something about it! (So articulate!)
 “If your pictures are not good enough, you’re not close enough.” -Robert Capa
*** defines Macro Photography as "taking extremely close-up images of subjects. The technically correct definition would be to take an image at a 1:1 ratio but, in general usage, the term has come to mean any close-up photography.  Macro capable photography lenses are marked with magnification ratios such as 1:1 or 1:5.  A 1:1 ratio means that the image would be the same size on film (negative) as in real life. A 1:5 ratio would mean that the subject would be 1/5 the size on film as it is in real life. Due to the small size of 35mm negatives and digital sensors, a 1:5 ratio is nearly life size when printed onto 4"x6" paper."
I'm looking forward to waking up late New Year's Day,
going to our favorite coffee shop
and drinking my frozen caramel coffee while scanning 
through all the macro photos that have been posted on these sites
...the perfect way to start the new year!
Happy New Year
Keep on Click'n!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Come on SNOW!

Finally, a dusting of snow...
 Weathermen have been predicting snow since Christmas Eve.
 Today's temperature was barely above freezing.
As soon as I got set up to take photos, 
the snow stopped...
and then it was gone (clinched fists, gerr)....Rats!
 ”Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
I wish I had more time, I was just getting started...
I KNOW I could take better shots.
Next time!
Happy Click'n!

Orange you glad it's Friday?!

I am glad it's Friday, even though I'm "retired", I love Fridays!

I found a new group and thought I would join the fun today.  It's called "Orange you glad it's Friday" hosted by Sarah at Hood Photo Blog, here.  The rules are to share photos with orange in them. You can use your own photos or shots that you have permission to use. Link your post to her blog, and checkout the photos...

Rust is sort of orange, wouldn't you say?
Storm manhole which I took on one of my morning walks.

Guess I'll be keeping my eyes open for subjects of the orange persuasion!
Oh, checkout Sarah's sidebar (right) too, for a list of photo groups...
fascinating, I didn't know there were that many out there!
Keep on Click'n!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Photos of the Wild Wild West...

If you are near or around Oklahoma, you might be interested in the current photo exhibit at the Gilcrease Museum, what a great way to be inspired!

 Haying, Nebraska, 2004<
Jim Richardson/National Geographic Stock

National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West is the current exhibit at the Thomas Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK, running from October 27, 2012  through February 3, 2013 (here).  This exhibit covers a span of 125 years and will be traveling to nine locations throughout the United States.   The few photos online are breath taking, it gave me happy feet thinking about going...

Happy Click'n!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Secrets of creating bokeh...

Hey, nice bokeh! Thanks?...
what I was really thinking was, 
"great, I'm thrilled you like it, but WHAT is it?!
And how do I do it AGAIN?"  
Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light". Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field.  Often bokeh is pronounced "boh-kay" and referred to as  the aesthetic quality of the blur.
How do you achieve it?  Open up your lens’ aperture to its widest setting (this is the F number), strangely the lower the F number the larger the aperture. (I know...who makes these decisions that confuse me?)  Lenses with low F numbers like 2.8, 2.0, 1.8, 1.4 and lower are your best choices for ‘Bokeh Shots’. (Oh yes, not every lens can go this low! low can you go...not that low.) Often a standard 50 mm lens is recommended. And you need to use your manual setting (a scary setting for this newbie) on your DSLR camera. Oh, a tripod is helpful too.
For a little more info see (here) and for a more in depth article see Photographic Psychology (here).  For a great example of what I'm talking about, watch this video.
 “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” Ansel Adams
I realize people don't "get" that photography is
more then the quality of your camera,
a good photo is made by the one click'n the camera,
not the camera itself!
(Finally last night, I captured our Christmas tree after 
hours of reading and experimenting...I took
this shot from the next room. My next purchase
will be a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens!
I already feel like a golfer with 9 putters...)

It still bugs me when people say,
"your camera takes really good pictures".
That's like saying guns kill people...
(sorry, I know that is a crass thing to say, but it honestly is the same thing!)
(I love this technique and look forward to that new standard lens!)

That Ansel Adams quote was talking about the ability to
skillfully use a camera technique
and that composing the subject in a pleasing way,
turns a photo into art.
It ain't easy but it's so addictive to finally get it right!
(My final capture was at midnight...yawn.)
Just do it, join a photography group
or start a blog to talk about this wonderful hobby!

Share in comments your favorite group
or any comment is great, I love hearing from you!
Happy Click'n!

Joy of Joining Photography Groups

Accidentally, I ran across a few Macro groups while following my favorite Jewelry Artists' blogs.  The best thing I've done, in a long time, was to join and participate in the joy of macro photography. They keep me challenged and inspired to get out there and work my camera every week!  I'm learning new techniques, what makes a good photo and how to operate my new camera in a relaxed and fun way.
Flicker's Macro Mondays - "Bowl full of ____"
Weekly, I share my shots with three Macro groups
(sometimes I only submit to one group).
First - I joined the fun at Flicker group, 
"Macro Mondays" (here),
studio waterstone
also,  "I heart Macro" a Sunday photo showcase
(here) at Studio Waterstone blog
(currently on holiday break but 
plans to continue in 2013),
 and "Macro Monday" a Monday photo gallery
 (here) at Lisa's Chaos blog.
These sites are open to anyone willing
to follow the site policies and who loves macros!
Flicker's Macro Mondays - "Line Symmetry"
Flicker's Macro Mondays - "New"
Several photographers have given me encouraging words after seeing my submittals,
which keeps me going, and I try to do the same for them.
"Join an online community or a local photography club where you can receive (and give) critiques. Critiquing helps you to focus on what you like to shoot and find ways to improve your work." 
- Cathy MacMillan
Flicker's Macro Mondays - "Skin"
These are just a few of my Macros I've taken
since officially joining in the fun, on October 12, 2012.
My Flicker account can be found here.
You won't be sorry (I don't think) after committing
to a photography group...or two or three!

Happy Click'n!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Photo Tips!

My two best tips for Christmas photos would be...
1)  charge your battery the night before!
2)  Consider the light in the room that you’ll be photographing in and
adjust your white balance accordingly.
I'm saving an article by Darren Rowse
for reference next year,
"16 Digital Photography Tips for Christmas" (here)!
We celebrate Christmas early with our kids
and their families.  This year I misjudged the lighting
and forgot to charge my batteries...Crap!
But today, Christmas day, I was better prepared
and took these photos of my cat, Bogey, playing
in the tossed wrapping paper.
Here's to better luck next year!
Happy Click'n!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Macro Mondays = A Wee Bit of Red!

Our subject was to include
no more then 25% red in our subject...
A Wee Bit of Red!
I began by slicing up an apple 
and getting artsy fartsy.
Then a basket caught my eye
and I played around with it for awhile.
Remembering I had holly outside
I took a few more shots.
While on the computer
I located a photo I took while my
flowers were still blooming which had a wee bit of red.
I shared a couple macros with my Macro groups.
One being a Flicker group, 
called "Macro Mondays" (here),
and then
 "Macro Monday" a Monday photo gallery
 (here) at Lisa's Chaos blog.
 “If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner 
it is that there are no short cuts in photography.” 
– Edward Weston
Wishing you all a merry Christmas 
and a happy new year!

Happy Click'n!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Macro Mondays = Leaves!

One of the Flicker groups I love is called, 
"Macro Mondays" (here).  I joined several weeks ago.
The administrator announces a weekly theme
challenging it's members to submit
no more then two macro shots, with that theme, 
each Monday.
This week's theme was "leaves".
After a light shower last May,
or maybe it was after the irrigation system cycle,
I don't remember,
I noticed an insect hole in one of the hostas leaves in my garden.
Unusual, huh?
I shot this with my Canon Powershot,
since then I purchased my Canon 60D and macro lens...
a huge investment and maybe more camera then I need,
but I'm enjoying learning how to operate it
and studying photography! 
My Flicker photostream
can be found here.
Take a look at this group and join the fun!
Happy Click'n!

New Photography Blog

Hello!  You found a brand NEW blog where I plan to share my photos and what I'm learning about one of my new passions!  So I hope you will follow me, make comments and share your blog link with me.  Come back sometime!
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